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Gardening with Wanda: Frequently asked questions of the Extension Office

My trees naturally cool my landscape. But what can I plant under them in those dense shady spots?

April 22, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Keep an eye out for these tomato pests

This year more than ever before, area residents could not wait to get their gardens planted. And for even the novice gardeners, everyone wants to try their hand at growing tomatoes.

April 22, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Green cleaning helps your house and your wallet

If you go green when cleaning your kitchen, you simplify the process and reduce volatile organic compounds by using fewer cleaning products.

April 20, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: These 4 staples will enhance your garden

Now that mid-April is here, it's time to get to work in the vegetable garden. If you're planting veggies for the first time, plan to include beans, corn, tomatoes and eggplant in your first garden.

April 15, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Rich: The best days in life are free

My friend, Michelle, e-mailed me one day after we had run into each other at a trunk showing of new clothes, where we shared enthusiasm over the fashions and decided what we should buy - or shouldn't.

April 14, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Be aware of the power of greed; be content

I have a secret to share: I'm just a big kid at heart. I know it's hard to believe but there it is, the truth laid bare.

April 11, 2010 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Off the Shelves: Superhero tale shows not all are invincible

What is it about superheroes that fascinates us?

April 11, 2010 | Alison Reeger Cook | Columnists


Gardening with Wanda: What can I do to prepare the garden?

A common question asked of the Hall County Extension office, brought to you by Wanda Cannon

April 08, 2010 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Skaggs: Nothing boring about these bees

The carpenter bee (Xylocopa virginica) normally attracts quite a bit of attention during the spring in Georgia. It resembles the bumble bee, but it's larger and attacks wood around homes, making it a household and structural pest.

April 08, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Murray: Unique mix of grapes adds to winemaker's allure

David Harris knows his way around a vineyard. He should; for many years the fruit from his Blackstock Vineyards was highly prized by winemakers throughout northeast Georgia, who bought Blackstock grapes to make wines that would bear their labels.

April 06, 2010 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Rich: Love for each other, the Lord came from a little church

When the newspaper reporter called to set up an interview for the story she was writing on my newest book, she said, "We need to shoot a photo, too. Do you have any suggestions for a good location?"

April 05, 2010 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Family Ties: Weigh options before moving your parent in

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 04, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Wilburn: Do your research before taking in an elderly parent

You visited your mother for the holidays and found her refrigerator nearly empty, her checkbook misplaced and her finances in complete disarray. Or, your father has neglected to take his diabetes medications, nearly putting him into a coma.

April 03, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Before you start in the garden, hit the expo

After the bitter cold temperatures, ice and snow of this past winter, I fully expect spring fever to be rampant this year. Spring is an exciting time of year for those of us who consider ourselves gardeners. We cannot wait to get outside to dig, prune, plant and mow.

April 01, 2010 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Wilburn: Mediterranean-style diets may help ward off disease

Mediterranean people eat healthy. Following their culinary tastes may reduce anyone's risk for diseases, says Connie Crawley, a nutrition specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

March 30, 2010 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


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Earth Sense: Taking care of tires keeps you safe on road

It's 3 p.m., traffic on Interstate 985 is heavy, and some poor soul in the emergency lane is trying to install the spare ...

August 28, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Fear not, for God is with you always

What is your greatest fear?

August 28, 2016 | By Jentezen Franklin freechapel.org | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Follow-up care critical for pets

Three weeks after Lemmy was examined and diagnosed with a nasty urinary tract infection, he returns for a recheck. This is intended to confirm the ...

August 28, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Michael Wheeler: Try using native plants in your landscape this fall

The choices of plants for the garden are endless.

August 25, 2016 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Midnight bathroom trips trouble veterinarian

I once had a nightmare where a lump under a welcome mat was lurching toward me as I hid under the covers. It sounds weird ...

August 21, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: ‘Stayin’ alive’ in a storm means avoid lightning

"When thunder roars, go indoors" is a good rule for protection from lightning. But there isn't always an audible warning.

August 20, 2016 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Sandra Stringer: Don't judge cookbook by its cover or recipe names

People often make assumptions about others based on their hair color, hairstyle, clothes, skin tone, purse or even car.

August 16, 2016 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


Matthew Sisk: Pets mourn loss of their animal companions, too

About two months ago, Lemmy's family suffered the loss of their home to a fire. No one was injured, and Lemmy has remained in ...

August 07, 2016 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Stuart Higginbotham: Imagination plays a key role in hope and faith

When I was a kid, some of my older relatives would always tell me, "You have a big imagination."

July 24, 2016 | | Columnists


Jentezen Franklin: Soak up every moment as the seasons change

August in Hall County is an amazing time of the year.

July 17, 2016 | | Columnists


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